Monday, December 17, 2012

Book Review: Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone by Pat Frayne

It isn't often that a book that is geared to those who are ages 8-12 would captivate me and have me enthralled, engrossed as well as enchanted, from PAGE ONE. Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone by Pat Frayne accomplished this feat and then some!
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I learned in short order that this book isn't just for those ages 8-12. It is for parents, grandparents, children and ANYONE who enjoys mystical fantasy and adventure!

From Author Pat Frayne's website:


Child and parent alike will be able to relate to the difficulties these characters have to overcome in order to accomplish their objectives and yet remain true of heart.

This is an adventurous mystery for parents as well as for children who wish to retreat into a world inhabited by mystical characters…


"Topaz", the main character,  is a "large yellow conjure cat". The definition of "conjure" is to make something appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere, as in magic. To call an image to mind."

Topaz possesses a magical power, (you will have to read the book to find out what it is), and  Author Pat Frayne's descriptive, flowing writing style is a cornucopia of imagery, giving HER the ability as well, to "call an image to mind." Vivid, marvelous images were created in my mind with every turn of a page. Frayne,  has a knack of creating a mood (it is a little bit scary, but not too much!), she keeps you in suspense and warms your heart through her emphasis on friendship and loyalty.

Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone is also fun! (I think Dooley the raccoon shares some of the same blunt personality traits that I have!) He is just one of a few animals that talk in this book. You will also fall in love (as I did ) with Daisy the fawn. No mystical fantasy would be complete without  fairies, gnomes, elves and other mystical beings that add to the adventure! Check out the book trailer below:

Topaz and the Plum-Gista  is the second book in a series called Tales of Topaz the Conjure Cat and I love that it is a series that doesn't need to be read in any particular order. The first book is Topaz and the Evil Wizard and was featured on Indies Unlimited a few months ago.

Pat has a link to Chapter One of of Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone on her website, you may click here to read it.

Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone would make a wonderful holiday gift for adults and older children alike. It provides a welcome respite from the harsh reality of the world in which we live and would make a purrfect companion for a rainy or snowy day or night.

Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone definitely worked it's magic on me and I am certain that when you read this book it will do the same for you!

ISBN: 978-1478303046

To purchase on Amazon click here

Visit the website for Tales of Topaz the Yellow Conjure Cat here

"Like" Author Pat Frayne on Facebook here

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Pat Frayne, grandmother, writer, and retired registered nurse, lives in a small town in Northern Arizona with her husband, Ron and their adopted black lab, Charlie. The inspiration for the book, Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone and the character, Daisy, came from their nine year old granddaughter, Caitlin. Pat and Cait alike share a love for cats and all things fantasy.








35 comments:

  1. This sounds like something I would like :-)

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  2. Thanks so much for reviewing this book. I'm going to have to add it to my reading list!

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  3. Great review Cody. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Awwww love the trailer of Topaz and his adventures! Awwwww, it's lovely! Take care
    x

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  5. I love it when a book outside of the genre you usually read captivates you. Wonderful review - and what a great cover!

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    1. Ingrid so true! Thanks so much, I agree the cover is beautiful as well as the video!

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  6. That does sound like a cute book and written by someone that loves cats and all animals, so we know it will be good. Great review. Have a great week.

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    1. thanks so much Marg, it is wonderful! You have a great week too!

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  7. This is a MUST HAVE when you own a kitty named TOPAZ LOL!!!

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  8. That sure does look like something everyone would enjoy!

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  9. Wow! Great book! Would that not be incredible as an ebook!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. Hi Nellie, Thanks for the positive comments. Actually, you can find this book on Amazon and B&N in e book.
      Hugs and Happy Reading,
      Pat

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  10. What a talented writer! The lady is in awe of people with such imagination and creativity.

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  11. Great review! We'll have Mom add it to her reading list! Purrs...from your friends at Colehauscats.com

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  12. Any book with a cat must be good. Baggy and Nin (lee and phod's cats)

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  13. Hi Everyone,
    Just dropped in for a visit and I'm delighted to see so many positive comments from all of you cat lovers. I sure do love to write stories about my hero, Topaz, the Yellow Conjure Cat; however, it wouldn't be much fun if you didn't enjoy reading them.
    Hugs and Happy Reading,
    Pat

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    1. Pat thanks so much for popping in and adding to the convo! Thanks for writing such a wonderful book!

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    2. Hi Caren and Cod,
      It was my pleasure. I'm pleased you enjoyed the book and thank you so much for the awesome review!
      Hugs,
      Pat

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    3. Hi Caren and Cody,
      It was my pleasure. I'm so pleased you liked the book. Thank you for the awesome review.
      Hugs,
      Pat

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  14. Ooooooooooo!! This series sounds very exciting!
    We went and read the 1st chapter and liked it a lot :)
    We think lots of young people will like the book and oldies too(like Mom) heehee. Mom will read almost anything and is not above reading kids books.She already has read some(and not to kids!) Not to us either! Sheesh!!
    Thank you for introducing this book(and author) to us.
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

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    1. you are most welcome andn I am thrilled that you read the first chapter! wonderful!

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  15. Caren, saw your tweet, I haven't seen you in ages. You gotta see the new cat earrings I made when you get a chance.

    The book sounds great and I have a cat, Sammy who looks like this one. (We have 4 now!)

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    1. Linda Hi! I am always here lol.

      Ohhh I have noooooooo money. I am WORSE than broke. I don't work remember? Can't buy anything at all right now...maybe in 2013.

      So happy that you have 4 cats, that's great! Lots of kitty love!

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  16. Its sound like a great book that children would love to read. That is such a good thing. Its too bad children don't read like they used to.

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  17. It sounds like a fun read! Thank you for the review. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

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  18. Hi Everyone, It's been a tremendous inspiration to me to read all of your positive comments about Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone. I love seeing the pictures of your cats. It's nice to know there is a blog like Cat CHAT that's devoted to its feline friends.
    We'll be leaving for a thirteen hour drive to our daughter's house on Thursday. As it turns out Kennel Kamp doesn't have room for our black lab, Charlie. We called to late. So, Charlie will be coming with us. It should be an interesting trip. Will let you know how it goes. before I go, I wanted to wish you a wonderful Christmas, and once again, tell you how much I appreciate your positive support, it means a lot. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Have a wonderful holiday and a safe trip!!! I am sure Charlie will be fine!

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  19. That sounds like such a cool book! There are so many great books involving cats out there and we haven't read any of them yet, we are behind the times for sure...

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